Village Green’s Blight

Blight seems to be a prevalent issue of Macon, Georgia. Specifically in Village Green. Questions such as those below have been asked: What if you’re a child living in a blighted community that isn’t next to Mercer, or the hospitals, or downtown?  What if your blighted neighborhood is low-density?  What if your park space has…

The Construction of 2nd Street Corridor

The 2nd Street Downtown Corridor Area 3 of Downtown Macon is to be a product of mixed-use. Mixed-use developments absolutely differ from single use areas because it entails many different avenues and integrates commercial, residential, and industrial uses. To some extent, I feel that the vision of 2nd Street Corridor will be successful. The idea that…

Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village

Have you ever visited a city, filled with rich history, failing to receive the care to keep its literal doors upon the hinges? The city of Macon, Georgia and the people participating in the Mill Hill Village Project know this all too well. Bibb Mill Auditorium is currently one of the city’s targets. Being the…

“The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces”

It has been noted that “William Whyte’s The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces is one of the most oft-cited resources in a new approach to park design”. Before reading his works, I decided to do a little research concerning his stance on city spaces. Whyte mentioned the importance of the sun and its ability…

The Death & Life of Great American Cities – 5

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs, has taken the revitalized sense that parks tend to bring to its attendees, to an area that “need[s] the boon of life and appreciation… [because] they are supposed to be the “lungs of the city”” (Jacob 116). Lately, I have been reading excerpts from Frederick…

Suburban Nation: Chapters 3-5

The very shape of your neighborhood can help build or destroy your community. “Community cannot form in the absence of communal space, without places for people to get together to talk… it is near impossible to imagine community independent of the town square or the local pub” (Duany 60). Independence is not welcomed. If your…

Suburban Nation CH 1-2 – Land of the Sprawls

“Sprawl: cookie cutter houses, wide… mindlessly curbing cul-de-sacs, [and] a streetscape of garage doors” My neighborhood: “cookie cutter houses, wide… mindlessly curbing cul-de-sacss [and] a streetscape of garage doors”  (Duany xx). I live in a sprawl. The Homeowners Association faithfully conducts their meetings once a month. The yard with the nicest landscape could have the…

10 Ways to Resist Authoritarianism

The effects of authoritarianism have been delegitimizing the rights of citizens all around the world. Authoritarian regimes have a great way of manipulating others, usually upon political ideals. While experiencing the dehumanizing schemes of an “all controlling” regime, there is a way to fight back. To resist. To prevail. To conquer. Listed are 10 Ways…

Power of Protest

Without protesting publicly, protesting surely wouldn’t be protesting, as we know it. Protests involve getting the word out and expressing an objection to a situation. The system works by exposing information and that’s what occurs during a protest. Your ideas must be let known, whether its by subjecting your whereabouts to a square, public area, or through…

The Effects of Space

Imagine yourself as a little child. Where was the place that your felt the most free? Was it an area with few people? Were there many people around? Was it indoors? Was it outdoors? Thinking back into my elementary school days, the most liberating and freeing area for me was the playground, in particular, my…

Is Resisting Authoritarianism Easy?

When looking at the history of authoritarianism, it is quite. Currently, now in our country, the United States, there are many who argue that President Donald Trump engages in authoritarian politics. If you delve deep into his rhetoric and ways of commanding, depending on either your political view or moral compass, you will see the…

Maidan in Another Name

Chrystia Freeland writes to capture the essence of her once “least favorite Kiev Square”: Maidan (Freeland 167). After watching the Netflix Documentary, “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”, reading that line took me back. The documentary gave raw footage and portrayed immense feelings of those who were unsettled by the wrongdoings of their government….